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Recipes and Techniques
As the seasons change, so do my pizza ingredients. This recipe, Asparagus Mushroom Pizza is perfect for spring or summer, when the Asparagus is tasty and in season. The basic techniques are the same, but the asparagus gives the pizza a fresh grassy taste, that offsets the earthy rich mushrooms. This is a good pizza to play around with the chesse as well.
In this cooking video, I show you how to brine a chicken. Why bring a chicken you ask? Well, the best reasons are flavor, and moisture…which, when it comes to chickens, are pretty darn important. While I don’t use the technique every time I roast a whole bird, I do try to do it whenever I have time. Brining is not hard or complicated, and it doesn’t required a lot of “active” time - where y
Here is a simple technique video where I show you how to clean a chicken. I end up cooking a whole roasted chicken at least once a month, and I gotta say, my least favorite part, every single time, is pulling that chicken out of the bag, getting the "parts" out of the cavity, and getting it clean. But, you gotta do it and frankly, if your know what you're doing, it o
One of my wife’s favorite Sunday dinners is roast chicken, and as I’m quite fond of them too, I’m probably roasting a bird a least one a month. I think roasting them whole is the best way to highlight the natural flavor of chicken, but also enables you to add little twists through the addition of herbs, spices, vegetables and other ingredients.
Whenever I cook a whole chicken, or really just about any chicken on the bone, I like to brine the chicken. Brines, really just a mixture of water, sugar and salt, are a great way to add additional moisture and flavor to meat like chicken. They also work really well with pork, and you can find a similar pork brine here. In
Mac ‘n cheese is one of the my favorite comfort foods/side dishes (although it’s pretty good as a main course too…). One of things I love is that you can add a ton of different ingredients to make different version….from the very exotic to the most simple. In this recipe video, I make an Asparagus and Mushroom Mac ‘n Cheese with penne pasta, that I served with a roasted chicken.
I think I was about 13 years old, watching the movie Midnight Run when I first heard Charles Grodin mention Potatoes Lyonnaise. I remember thinking that they sounded pretty damn good…and for some reason that memory stuck with. It was years before I actually had potatoes lyonnaise, but once I did, I understand the famished Grodin’s desire. I
In this cooking technique video, I show you show to peel a potato.
Spaghetti pesto is a simple, beautiful and easy to make pasta dish. Other than the pasta itself, there is almost no cooking involved, and the simple ingredients come together to make a pasta sauce that is packed full of flavor, is well balance, and is clean and elegant. The dish is great for guests, because not only does it tend to impress, but it's really simple to make, and much of the work